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Northern Arizona University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 3,373 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 343 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

61% Women
39% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Big Sky Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $110,131)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $70,643)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 86 94 Yes -
Basketball 16 16 - Yes
Football 89 - Yes -
Golf - 8 - -
Soccer - 34 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - 31 - -
Tennis 8 8 Yes -
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - - Yes
Baseball - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - - Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Water Sports - - - Yes
Weight Lifting - - - Yes
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 5.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.3%
Hispanic 14.2%
Non-resident alien 2.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.5%
Two or more races 1.2%
White/non-Hispanic 69.4%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 164
Liquor Law Violation 239
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 12
Property Crime 77

Notable Alumni

  • Clarence Moore (Class of '04), NFL player
  • Diana Gabaldon (Class of'73), Bestselling novelist
  • J.S. Cardone (Class of '69), Screenwriter and filmmaker
  • Mark Thatcher (Class of '80), CEO and founder of Teva Sport Sandals
  • R. Carlos Nakai (Class of '79), Grammy-nominated musician
  • Rick Renzi (Class of '80), Arizona congressman
  • Thomas P. Smith (Class of '91), President and director of Taser International
  • Steve Altman (Class of '83), President of Qualcomm
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Madeline from Granite Bay, CA
  • 4
  • get to know the people in your hall and it will be ten times better! community bathrooms are not the greatest but they helps you learn how to respect others…

  • Feb-28-2012 Read More
  • Renee from Tucson, AZ
  • 4
  • The dorm life is honestly really fun to be in because you get to know the people in the freshman halls, but not so much in the upper class dorms.…

  • Jan-07-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Jacob from Mesa, AZ
  • Jun-10-2015 I am a current student here

    There are so many varieties on and off campus and the fact that we have paid for meal plans available gives students more hope that they wont starve

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  • 4
  • Victoria from AZ
  • Jun-07-2015 I am a current student here

    Offers a wide array of foods: Subway, Chik-fil-A, Starbucks, plus places like the Green Scene which offers low-carbon-footprint dishes for those interested in protecting the environment. The Health & Learning Center has its own smoothie shop which serves pre- and post-workout shakes/smoothies. There's also an upper-scale restaurant called 1899 for those looking to spend campus dining dollars in a fancy way, or those just wanting to get rid of some extra dining dollars before they expire.

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  • 4
  • Brittany from AZ
  • May-15-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good, but after a year you will not want to eat the same stuff anymore. Watch out for the Mexican style places since they are known for food poisoning every now and then. Be sure to go to 1899 with your dining dollars, totally worth spending them!

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  • 5
  • Sheena
  • Mar-10-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Seems like good dining area.

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  • 4
  • Kelsy from Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Feb-10-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Northern Arizona University has dining options that are tasty and nutritious, which is extremely important to me. As a student, there will not always be time (or energy) to cook and college freshmen have this trend of gaining weight their first year of college.

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  • 4
  • Jenna from Redondo Beach, CA
  • Jan-11-2015 I am a current student here

    The food here is exceptional. Even though it is not the best food, it can definitely get one through a school year. There is a big variety of different foods that one can choose from and there are a lot of healthy places to eat and even places that offer healthier choices.

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  • 4
  • Ann
  • Jan-03-2015 I am a current student here

    NAU has a variety of chain-restraints and two all-you-can eat buffet style cafeterias. However, after awhile the food becomes bland and can be unhealthy. Although, it's fast and easy. Also, Starbucks is right on campus which always makes my morning classes more bearable.

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  • 4
  • Wai-man from Tucson, AZ
  • Nov-21-2014 I am a past student here

    So food is any normal campus food. I suggest a meal plan unless you have a job. The food is brought to you by Sodexo. It's a good food service company and the company has brought many different food choices for the students to enjoy.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Denise from Walnut Creek, CA
  • Mar-08-2015 I am a past student here

    No greek housing was allowed off campus when I attended but NAU did provide a dorm just for the greek chapters, and to be honest; that was way more fun!

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  • 0
  • Ann
  • Jan-03-2015 I am a current student here

    NAU has an amazing greek life suite style living and they are really involved on campus. One time these adorable guys were giving out free hugs.

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  • 0
  • Juliette from Mesa, AZ
  • Oct-21-2014 I am a current student here

    One huge dorm for all frats and sororities! Attend Rush Week to see if any are for you, or read about them on-line at -

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  • 0
  • Kimberly
  • Jul-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is great. Not typical because the fraternities and sororities support each other instead of being in constant competition. They hold themselves to high standards, and are not standoff-ish at all.

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  • 0
  • Breanna from Phoenix, AZ
  • Jun-19-2014 I am a current student here

    The greek is fairly prevalent on campus. They even have their very own dorm right on campus grounds, which you can choose to stay in.

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  • 0
  • Cheyanne from CA
  • Jun-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is a big part of NAU and there are so many different sororities and fraternities to be apart of! However, if you are interested do it right away because it is quite a process to get involved.

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  • 0
  • Kathleen from CA
  • May-23-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a dorm for Greek life and there are many Greeks around campus which you can spot because they will wear their Greek letters or fraternity names. Although the dues are expensive and there are stereotypes, being in Greek life is really fun and rewarding. We host events for Greeks and non-Greeks to raise money for our philanthropy. There are also social events, meetings, and living in together which makes each sorority and fraternity really close.

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  • 0
  • Makenna
  • May-14-2014 I am a current student here

    The Greek Life at NAU is really different than at U of A or ASU. We all live in one dorm together, Mountain View, and it is like our own community. Girls are friends with girls from other sororities and I think that our housing is a big part of that.

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